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Cheap Sunglasses

By Michelle May, M.D.

cheapsunglassesI recently spent twenty bucks on a pair of cheap sunglasses, rationalizing that if I lost them on vacation, it would be no big deal. When they broke on the first day, they suddenly became the most expensive sunglasses I’d ever owned at $20 per wear!

That same day, a person who had registered for one of our mindful eating retreats emailed us to cancel because she decided it was too expensive. Sadly, I couldn’t help but wonder how much her struggle with food had already cost her—and how much more it would cost over the course of her life.

Measuring the Cost

How many nights or days do you feel stuffed, miserable, hungry, angry, sad, or hopeless? How much money do you spend on food you don’t really need and later regret eating? How much have you spent on quick fixes, diet foods, meetings, or gym memberships that maybe you don’t feel comfortable enough in your own skin to use? How much does distraction, lost productivity, and time wasted thinking about food—or not eating food—cost each week?

I acknowledge that an Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Retreat or Workshop is an investment—not nearly as expensive as five days at most spas—but worth much more. I’ve personally witnessed people transform before my eyes in just five days. They show up a feeling little nervous and a little unsure about telling their secrets to a bunch of strangers. Within hours, they aren’t strangers anymore! They are fellow travelers on an exciting journey toward freedom: freedom from dieting, freedom from bingeing, and freedom from guilt!

It honestly breaks my heart to think of all the people whose lives would be changed but will continue to try one diet plan after another—or have given up hope of ever finding freedom. And then there are those who don’t believe that freedom is possible and that their only option is to weigh, measure, and count food, and punish themselves with exercise for the rest of their lives.

It doesn’t have to be like that! What could you do with the time, energy, and money you’ve been wasting on yo-yo dieting or binge eating?

Skip the cheap sunglasses. Invest in the real deal!

 

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

One Comment

  1. Tracie says:

    The Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program completely changed my life. I have spend more money on “cheap” sunglasses than I can even count. I have done every single diet, get fit quick plan, exercise program, etc. I have even gone into the wellness industry as a professional to spend all my time learning how to control my nutrition, exercise, etc. However, as someone with an eating disorder in the past, and someone who has focused on food day in and out since the age of 13, the life saving moment for me has been when I found Mindful Eating. I went from stepping on the scale 5 times per day to not at all. I listen to what my body needs and when I do choose to have something that isn’t the perfect nutritional choice, I eat it mindfully and I know I am doing it. I’m not perfect but I am healthy and balanced now and I am so grateful I invested in sunglasses that were worth the cost of my life!

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